Episode 109: "How Do You Get Your News?"

47 percent of a group Pew identifies as “consistent conservatives” say Fox News is their main source of information on government and politics. “Consistent liberals” rely on a mix of sources including CNN (15 percent), NPR (13 percent), MSNBC (12 percent), and The New York Times (10 percent). Pew also found that 44 percent of consistent liberals on Facebook claim to have blocked, hidden or unfriended someone whose posts they disagreed with, compared to only 31 percent of consistent conservatives and 26 percent of all Facebook users.
— Justin Ellis of Nieman Lab on October 21, 2014.
Facebook now has a fifth of the world — about 1.3 billion people — logging on at least monthly. It drives up to 20 percent of traffic to news sites, according to figures from the analytics companySimpleReach. On mobile devices, the fastest-growing source of readers, the percentage is even higher, SimpleReach says, and continues to increase.
— Ravi Somaiya of The New York Times on October 26, 2014

With the various tools and technologies available to many of us in the twenty-first century, how have our habits related to the news changed? Many studies show shifts between among media such as radio, television, online publications and print. How do younger generations behave differently than their older counterparts? This week, we react and respond to a 2014 New York Times article entitled "How Do You Get Your News?" Are there more traditional, socially-minded methods which have been discarded in favor of more convenient and fast-paced alternatives? We examine our own habits and discuss the trends and preferences we observe around us.